Legend tells us that when Leif Eriksson and the other legendary Viking explorers ventured far out into the Atlantic Ocean, moving away from any coastline that could help them determine their position, they had a secret gem weapon: iolite.
The Viking mariners used thin pieces of iolite as the world's first polarizing filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they were able to determine the exact position of the sun, and navigate safely to the new world and back.
The property that made iolite so valuable to the Vikings is extreme pleochroism. Iolite has different colors in different directions within the crystal. A cube cut from iolite will look a violet-ish blue almost like sapphire from one side, clear as water from the other, and a honey yellow from the top. This property led some people to call iolite "water sapphire" in the past, a name that is now obsolete.
Although, pleochroism may have been helpful in navigation,it makes things quite difficult for a gem cutter. If iolite is not cut from exactly the right direction, no matter the shape of the rough, its color will not show to its best advantage.
Astrological : Aquarius
As it's soft and gentle nature, iolite is used to help us connect with our souls. It will help us to understand who we are and why we are on the planet at this particular time...use this stone for guidance in difficult areas of your life.
What is most unique about working with Iolite is the sense of protection you feel whilst delving into the deepest levels of yourselves, the comfort and calm it affords you. Iolite gives unconditionally, allow the positive energies of this stone to come into your life.
Iolite is one of the best stones to use in psychic, healing, and spiritual activities. It can open one to psychic talents and expand them as well.
Iolite can open one to psychic talents and expand them, and is excellent for use on the third eye and crown chakras. It can also enhance curiosity.
It is also an excellent stone for meditation and astral travel. It helps one grow spiritually in a peaceful approach. Iolite is also said to help build relationships whether they be new or old.
Iolite is considered a very strong "Shaman" stone, and can stimulate visions.
Iolite is very helpful when dealing with addictions, including alcoholism. It assists in detoxification as well as maintaining sobriety and regeneration of the liver..
In the physical realm, iolite is used to help heal sore throat, varicose veins, and blisters, it is also told to aid in diminishing headaches and strengthen the entire system, promoting health on all levels.
Treats malaria and fevers, and kills bacteria. Iolite aids the pituitary, sinuses and respiratory system. Alleviates migraines.
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